Willingness and Obedience

“Isaiah 1:19 (KJV) If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:”

The bible has made it clear in several occasions that for us to have a warm and pleasant relationship with God, we must obey every of His commandments. We must cultivate an attitude of obedience to his timely instructions without grumbling or complaining. The blessings and promises of God are on the other side of the hurdle of obedience. Do you want the promises of God to be made manifest in your life? Then obey him. Do you cherish his hand and blessing in your academics and business? Listen and obey to what he is saying to you.

God is gracious and he has made it possible that his children do not lack divine instructions at any time. God reveals his will in our hearts and he expects us to obey so that we may enjoy everything he has prepared for us. We are certain that by reason of his words that, eyes have not seen and ears have not heard of the outstanding blessings he has in store for us if we obey.

However, it is not enough to obey. It is not enough to carry out God’s divine instructions, we must be willing. We must showcase a fervent interest in carrying out God’s will and not a lethargic and sluggish disposition to his words. When God says “Do this”, our hearts and body must leap in perfect enthusiasm to carry out God’s mandate. We must not be complacent about his leadings.

To be willing also indicates the importance of the state of our heart. When God sends his word, do we gird ourselves with the right motives? Do we fixate our hearts to fulfil in his words? Or are we angry and querulous about his instructions? We must set our hearts right. The many individuals who enjoyed God’s blessings in the Bible were people who were willing and obedient. Abraham, the father of all nations heeded to the call of God to leave his father’s house and his kindred.

“Genesis 12:1 – (KJV) Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
4- So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.”

Abraham did not question or complain about God’s instructions. He did not give 100 reasons why he could not leave his kindred. He did not complain about the different plantations he owned as an inheritance. He did no such thing. God commanded and Abraham listened. Perhaps, Abraham attitude of spontaneous willingness and pervading obedience is why God loved him so much. Furthermore, Abraham was willing and obedient when God told him to sacrifice Isaac. There was a thousand excuses Abraham could have presented, but because he was willing and obedient, he did not argue with God.

When a man says he would obey God but he has to question and question God before he obeys, then he is not willing. His heart is not in tune with his decision to obey. When we begin to question God’s instructions, we move from the reality of God to mere speculations of men, we move from faith into recurrent doubt. There is nothing actually wrong with getting clarity on God’s instructions, but often times it is used as a delay tactic to prolong obeying God’s divine instructions.

God wants us to be willing and obedient in the area of evangelism. He has given us the mandate and we must cheerfully fulfil it.

Mark 16:15 (KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

He has empowered us to preach the gospel and we would be ungrateful and disobedient if we do not obey his instructions.

Mark 16:17 (KJV) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Let your willingness to God’s instructions open up an avenue for him to richly bless your life. Has he given you any instruction? Be willing and obedient.

Thanks for reading. Kindly share with your family and friends. God bless you.

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